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Tiffany Barnes

Former Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Professor - Latin American Studies

Tiffany D. Barnes is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Kentucky and affiliated faculty with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program. Her research is in the field of Comparative Politics with an emphasis on Latin America, gender and politics, and comparative political institutions. She employs both quantitative and qualitative research approaches to examine how institutions shape the political behavior of citizens and elites. Her book, Gendering Legislative Behavior: Institutional Constraints and Collaboration, (Cambridge University Press 2016) won the Alan Rosenthal Prize from the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association in 2017. Her other peer-reviewed work appears in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender, and Election Law Journal. In 2018 she was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award from the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association and in 2017 she was honored with the Early Career Award from the Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science.

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Department Affiliation
Latin American Studies

  • Ph.D., Rice University, 2012
  • B.A., Southwestern University, 2004
Academic Experience
  • Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2019 -
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2017 -
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2013
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2012 – 2017

Research & Teaching Specializations: Gender and Politics

Related Experience
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2017 -
  • Internship Director, Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2017 -
  • UK Women & Philanthropy Network, “Expanding Career Options for A&S Majors through Summer
    Internships,” (with Anna Bosh, Jordan Brown, Jeffery Clymer, Melanie Goan, Pearl James, Carol
    Mason, Janet Stamatel, and, Clayton Thyne), 2018
  • Early Career Award, from the Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science, 2017
  • University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Visiting Research Fellow, Fall
  • Rice University, John W. Gardner Award, Best Dissertation in Humanities and Social Sciences at Rice University, 2012
  • National Science Foundation SES-0921374, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2009
  • Spanish
Selected Publications
  • 2018. Barnes, Tiffany D., and Mark P. Jones. “Women’s Representation in the Argentine National and Subnational Governments.” In Ed. Leslie Schwindt-Bayer. Women, Representation, and Politics in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 121-139.
  • 2016. Barnes, Tiffany D., and Abby Córdova. “Making Space for Women: Explaining Citizen Support
    for Legislative Gender Quotas in Latin America.” Journal of Politics 78 (3): 670-686.
  • 2014. Barnes, Tiffany D. “Women’s Representation and Legislative Committee Appointments: The
    Case of the Argentine Provinces.” Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política [Uruguayan Journal of
    Political Science] 23 (2): 135-163.
  • 2009. Barnes, Tiffany D., and Jinhyeok Jang. 2016. “How the size of governing coalitions shape legislative behavior: A subnational analysis of Argentine legislative chambers, 1992-2009.” International Area Studies Review 19(4): 301-319.
  • 2014. Barnes, Tiffany D., and Gabriela Rangel. “Election Law Reform in Chile: The Implementation of Automatic Registration and Voluntary Voting.” Election Law Journal 13(4): 570-582.

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CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

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Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.